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  • Sep20Mon

    Wisdom from above

    Sermon on James 3 September 20, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer

    James often sounds like what could be called

    “Mother’s advice”,

    Something anyone might remember their mother saying to them:

    Like:

    Be careful who you spend time with.

    Watch your tongue.

    Be kind to others.

  • Sep5Sun

    Crossing boundaries

    A sermon on Mark 7 September 5, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    When someone says something horrible one is often too shocked to know what to say. So what does the woman respond?

    Does she insult him back, and tell him to go back where he came from, back to the sticks, back to the backwoods of Galilee?

    Does she confront him and say “how dare you call me a dog”?

  • Aug30Mon

    Godly behaviour: Quick Listeners and Word Doers

    A sermon for Pentecost 14 August 30, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Anger, in certain circumstances, is completely justified. 

    But it shouldn’t lead.

    It should follow listening, and talking, and dialoguing.

  • Jul18Sun

    Pondering Privilege

    A preamble to Rev. Prema Samuel's Sermon on Mark 6:30-34 July 18, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    I could just play it safe and hoard my privilege to myself, 

    or I could make myself more vulnerable and take some risks, 

    potentially take some flak by standing up a little for those people who rate lower on the privilege scale: women, LGBT, People of Colour, 

    because they have to endure harassment and discrimination on a scale that I never have had to experience. 

  • Jul11Sun

    A queer reading of King David

    A sermon on Pentecost 7 July 11, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    “Their love is cemented in a covenant Jonathan makes with David- a commitment to one another in the form of a union.
    This text does not require a reader to have a finely tuned gaydar to be able to see it as an example of same-sex commitment.
    The emotional attachment between the two men is undeniable,
    and the fact that their relationship was publicly condoned by the men in the army is significant”. (Queer Theologies, Chris Greenough, 2020)

  • Jun27Sun

    A letter RE Conversion Therapy

    A question of social and ethical justice June 27, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    As far as I and many other Christians are concerned, homophobia, transphobia and conversion therapy are sins.

  • Jun22Tue

    Do you not care that we are perishing?

    A sermon for Indigenous Peoples' Sunday June 22, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    And echoes the cries of indigenous people these days:

    Do you, white folks, not care that we are perishing?

    Are we, like Jesus, asleep in the boat, 

    completely oblivious to the hardships that First Nations are enduring, 

    since we are comfortable, curled up asleep on our cushion?

  • Jun13Sun

    Faith Like a Mustard Seed

    June 13, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    3rd Sunday after Pentecost

      Mark 4: 25-34

     

    Today for my sermon, I’ve got a mashup for you of what’s helped me weed through the Gospel parable. It’s about:

    A Mustard Seed

    Helicopters 

    Screen Time

    Bouquets

     

    A Mustard Seed, Really?

    We start with this quaint parable of a mustard seed, the smallest of all...

  • Jun6Sun

    God’s family is queer!

    Celebrating a decade of LGBTQ2SIA+ inclusion in the ELCIC June 6, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Not to say that the traditional nuclear family isn’t good, 

    but there shouldn’t be a hierarchy, 

    but an equality amongst different forms of family. 

    All kinds of family have their good, their bad and their ugly.

  • May23Sun

    The Spirit breathes life into our dry pandemic bones

    Pentecost Sunday 2021 May 23, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Perhaps we can imagine ourselves today like the exiled people of Judah and Jerusalem, 

    as the pandemic dry bones.

    We are dried up, sick and tired of these restrictions, 

    these fears of this tiny virus spreading, locked down and fed up. 

    Our bones are tired, and parched.